Wanna buy John Smoltz’s house?

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John Smoltz was a great pitcher. He made a lot of money pitching. With that money, he bought a crazy-big house that, even though he had four kids, is about ten times too big for any human-scale family.

It has ten bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and is over 18,000 square feet.  Maybe it would be appropriate for some extended royal family situation.  Maybe the Duggar family could put it to use.  But the Smoltzes had to get lost in that joint on a regular basis.

Anyway, now it can be yours if you want it.  You just have to (a) come up with $7.2 million; (b) move to Milton, Georgia; and (c) figure out how to pay the air conditioning bills.

Recommendation: win 213 games and save another 154 while striking out over 3000. That pays quite well.

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Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.